You may have to take one or more admissions tests, depending on the program to which you are applying. Because testing requirements vary by program, check your program's admissions information to confirm all testing requirements.

Explanation of Tests

GMAT - Graduate Management Admissions Test
The Master of Business Administration program accepts the GMAT in addition to the GRE. Please visit our Bertolon MBA admissions page to learn more about testing requirement and exemptions.   

GRE - Graduate Record Exam
Some programs require you to take the GRE or MAT. The GRE is not required for all programs; check our program specific admissions requirements. The GRE is a computer-based test that measures verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning skills and is administered at test centers throughout the United States.

MAT - Miller Analogies Test
Some programs require you to take the MAT or GRE. The MAT is not required for all programs; check our program specific admissions requirements. Salem State offers the computer-based MAT; call the School of Graduate Studies at 978.542.6323 to find test dates and times and schedule a testing appointment. If you live outside the Salem area call 800.622.3231 for alternate testing sites.

MTEL - Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure 
Some of our educator preparation programs require the MTEL. Please refer to the individual program to which you are applying for specific testing requirements. We recommend you visit Salem State’s MTEL Test Preparation Center, which can help you prepare for your MTEL exam(s). 

IELTS - International English Language Testing System
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
Submit either IELTS or TOEFL scores if English is not your first language. If you have earned an academic degree at an institution within the United States or at an institution where the language of instruction was English, then your application can be reviewed without TOEFL/IELTS scores..

Salem State’s Center for International Education offers the TOEFL on campus; visit salemstate.edu/cie or contact 978.542.6351 for more information. 


  • Generally you are exempt from submitting test scores for the MAT or GRE if you already hold a master's degree or higher. Some programs do require your degree to be in a related field, so check your program’s specific test exemptions.
  • You may be exempt from the MTEL if you already hold a teaching license (initial or professional) in the area in which you will be earning your master's degree. You should check with the appropriate graduate program coordinator for more information.
  • Again, testing requirements vary from program to program, so check your program specific admissions requirements for testing information. 
  • Graduate Program coordinators and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies may waive the required entrance exams if the applicant has proven academic ability in the academic program by receiving a 3.5 GPA in two or more classes within the area of study, taken at Salem State University, prior to seeking admissions into the graduate program. This does not supersede pre-existing policies.